The taxi passenger clearly violated Section 11-1407 of the Illinois Rules of the Road, which states:
"No person shall open the door of a vehicle on the side available to moving traffic unless and until it is reasonably safe to do so, and can be done without interfering with the movement of other traffic . . . ."Under the Illinois Rules of the Road, the passenger is liable for our client's injuries, as he directly interfered with moving traffic when he opened his door into our client's path. Unfortunately, we are unable to seek recovery from this individual, as he fled the scene and his identity remains unknown.
Fortunately, the cab driver and the company he works for are also liable for our client's injuries. City of Chicago Public Chauffeurs Rule 5.18 requires taxi drivers to discharge passengers "in a safe and legal manner" and requires divers to discharge passengers curbside. The driver is this case violated both of these requirements because the passenger opened the door in violation of Section 11-1407 of the Illinois Rules of the Road and because he failed to drop the passenger off curbside. As such, the Illinois Bicycle Lawyers at Keating Law Offices are still able to seek recovery on our client's behalf. We are currently pursuing this claim against the taxi cab driver and the taxi cab company involved in this collision.
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